Wednesday, September 27

Manchester City is reportedly on the cusp of making a significant move in the football transfer market. The club is said to be close to securing Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig, with the deal potentially reaching an astounding £86 million. If this goes through, Gvardiol would become the most expensive defender in football history, surpassing the current record set by Harry Maguire when he moved to Manchester United in 2019 for £85 million.

Negotiations are well underway, as confirmed by Max Eberl, the sporting director of RB Leipzig. The starting price for the Croatian centre-back has been set at €100 million, and this figure does not include any potential add-ons or bonuses. It’s clear that Gvardiol is keen on the move, with his representatives indicating his desire to transition from the Bundesliga to join the reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City.

Lionel Messi (R) of Argentina in action against Josko Gvardiol (L) of Croatia during the FIFA World Cup 2022 semi final between Argentina and Croatia

In addition to their pursuit of Gvardiol, Manchester City has also made other strategic moves in the transfer market. Notably, they have acquired Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea in a deal worth £30 million. Gvardiol, who is only 21 years old, stands out as Manchester City’s top choice as they look to strengthen their centre-back position this summer. This indicates a clear strategy to bolster their defense and maintain their status as a top contender in the fiercely competitive Premier League.

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